Each article in this “Classic Creatures” series will define the classic creature or character, give you examples of it and provide resources and information about it right here in Long Beach.
What are wizards, warlocks and necromancers?
Wizards, warlocks and necromancers are all kinds of men who practice magic of a supernatural or occult nature.
Wizards are users of magic, able to “manipulate the world around them through superhuman or magical means.” Depending on the story, they are either innately magical or, like a magician, technicians that know how to work with magic. They can be essentially good, such as Merlin (Arthurian legends) or Gandalf (Lord of the Rings), or evil such as Sauron (Lord of the Rings) or Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter).
The original meaning of the word “warlock” was “oathbreaker” or “deceiver,” but it eventually became the word for male witch. Therefore, although there are the occasional stories of good warlocks, they are essentially thought of as evil.
Necromancy is magic involving the dead, therefore a necromancer is someone whose chief use of magic involves the dead. This can mean anything from summoning a spirit to raising the dead. In some cases, necromancer are simply those who practice black magic, regardless of whether it involves the dead or not. Although, like warlocks, necromancers are usually associated with evil acts, some use their powers to connect with the dead for good.
Examples of wizards, warlocks and necromancers
- Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- The Arthurian legends of Great Britain
- Charmed TV series
- The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare
- Warlock (1989) directed by Steve Miner, written by David Twohy
- Anita Blake from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Vampire Hunter series
- Marnie Stonebrook, while possessed by Antonia Gavilan de Logrono, is a necromancer able to control vampires in the HBO series True Blood
- Necromancer (1988) directed by Dusty Nelson and written by William T. Naud
Long Beach wizards, warlocks and necromancers
Since wizards, warlocks and necromancers are essentially the male counter parts to witches, you can probably find some living in Long Beach. More than likely, you’ll find them frequenting such establishments as the occult shops The Eye of the Cat and Procurer of the Obscure, both located here.
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